AALS provides a stimulating work environment in which staff and interns interact with law school professors and deans and a variety of professionals to accomplish the association’s mission: to advance the scholarship and excellence in teaching that make legal education a model for the rest of the world and to serve as legal education’s principal representative to the federal government on the formulation of policies that affect graduate and professional education. Staff are encouraged to present innovative approaches to projects and general issues facing legal education today.
Also, AALS has established internship/externship programs with a number of colleges and universities.
Click the links below for staff and intern/extern position descriptions. If you have questions and to apply, please write to AALS Jobs.
- Special Projects Administrator
Job Title: Special Projects Administrator, Office of the Executive Director
Reports to: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY Together with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, supports the Executive Director and manages day-to-day operations of the Executive Office on matters related to law school deans, key volunteer leadership, institutional publications, allied and other higher education organizations. Provides principal support in the implementation and administration of special projects in pursuit of the goals of the office of the Executive Director.
Representing the Executive Office, serves as key liaison for communications between the Executive Director and law school deans, and with external organizations. Participates in the execution of short-term and long-term goals and strategies of Executive Director’s office, as well as the strategic planning and organizational development activities of the organization.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Executive Director Support
- Responsible for initiating, monitoring, and providing support for assigned activities of the Executive Director’s office and periodic review of special initiatives and projects.
- Assists the Executive Director as needed including, but not limited to, relationships with law school deans, meetings with allied organizations including the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), the National Council of Bar Examiners (NCBE), and with other higher education organizations including the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES).
- Collaborates with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director on managing the calendar of the Executive Director, with a special focus on external commitments and special projects.
- Coordinates the Executive Director’s gatherings and communications related to special projects and law school deans.
- Prepares, disseminates and maintains meeting agendas and materials for meetings hosted or attended by the Executive Director in conjunction with law school deans, and with allied and higher education organizations.
- Attends these meetings and other gatherings as needed to support those attending and takes notes.
- Maintains strong knowledge of institutional priorities, policies, and practices.
- Initiates and maintains strong digital filing practices for the Office of the Executive Director.
- Serves as technology liaison for the Executive Director’s Office to the AALS Tech staff.
- Collaborates with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director on executive/administrative support functions to the Executive Director to accomplish Executive Office goals.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Executes support activities related to assigned committees including the Deans Steering Committee and the Deans Forum Planning Committee, among others.
- Supports appointment process for these committees and ensures maintenance of nominations pool as well as timely execution of nominations procedures.
- Facilitates ad-hoc appointments made throughout the year.
- Responds to inquiries regarding committee governance and support.
- Serves as liaison to volunteer leadership serving on assigned committees.
- Manages implementing and scheduling meetings (and conference calls) as needed.
- Prepares correspondence as needed/requested.
- Facilitates transition of new committee members.
- Coordinates AALS participation in association and other organizations’ meetings.
- Serves as team co-leader of the Records and History working group.
- Manages preparation for annual meeting signature events in conjunction with Executive Director, the Publications staff, the Communications staff, and the Meetings staff.
- Coordinates preparation of scripts for President and Executive Director for the House of Representatives and other signature events.
- Organizes activities, functions, print programs, and evaluations, where appropriate, involving the House of Representatives, Deans Forum program, and the Deans Steering Committee. Works with the Director of Communications on promoting the organizations priorities, preparing reports for outside groups, and communications to law school deans.
- Works with the Research Department on research projects.
- Serves as project manager in the preparation of institutional publications including the Handbook, Proceedings, and Deans Directory.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Minimum 2 years of experience. Internships counted as experience
- Detail-oriented and highly organized
- Ability to build relationships with relevant stakeholders
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Copy-editing and writing experience preferred
- Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office and proficiency in databases
- High ethical standards and professional demeanor
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment, and exhibit excellent customer service
- Nonprofit or higher education background preferred
- Requires some air travel.
- Requires computer work.
- Required manual labor for project management (e.g. mobility for on-site meeting support, packing and moving boxes of minimal weight, standing for photocopying and materials compilation).
Please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for the position.
**Please include GPA on resume**
- Student Assistants
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a 501(c)(3) higher education association, represents 179 American law schools and is located in downtown Washington, DC AALS seeks 1-2 undergraduate or graduate students to work approximately 20 – 25 hours per week providing general administrative and office help at our Dupont Circle headquarters office. The ideal candidate will be detailed oriented, self-motivated, reliable, a great writer and willing to roll up his/her sleeves to help with any project or task assigned. Position requires significant use of Microsoft Office and will involve heavy data entry. Candidates must be able to work 2-3 full days per week during normal business hours, Monday – Friday.
Compensation is $14/hour. E-mail resume to AALS Jobs. Please include schedule of availability for consideration.